One of the most asked questions I’ve heard when it comes to lashes is, “How do I clean my eyelash extensions?” It’s important to keep your eyelash extensions clean not only because they last longer, but also because it is healthier for your eyes! There is nothing more depressing then doing something to your eyelash extensions and you start to see the little guys fall off. If you're like me you want those puppies to last as long as they can and still look like they did the first day. Eyelash extensions are very easy to maintain and clean especially if you're a busy bee that doesn’t have a lot of time to spend grooming.
Be gentle when cleaning your lashes!
I have absolutely fallen in love with my natural lash extensions and I would be so sad to have them come off prematurely:( I’m very bad when it comes to washing my lashes. I always seem to rub too hard causing some of my natural eyelash extensions to fall off. When I arrived at Spades Beauty to touch up my lashes, they gave me the best advice for cleaning and at home care. I have been to multiple places in Portland, Oregon for eyelash extensions and Spades Beauty is by far the best. Not only are they amazing and gentle during application, but they also make sure every client feels like they have the right information for at home care. The best piece of advice I received that day is be gentle when cleaning your lashes. Don’t rub, pull or pick at them and if you are clean them on a regular bases they will last a lot longer.
Water is A-Okay!
When lash extensions are properly cured they essentially become waterproof! When I had my eyelash extensions applied in Portland, Oregon, I was told to wait 24 hours before I got my lashes wet. Of course I automatically thought that meant I could NEVER get them wet. I started freaking out and wondering “How the heck do I wash my eyes then?!” I quickly realized from my eyelash extension professional at Spades Beauty in Portland, Oregon that water is great for cleaning my lashes after the 24 hour mark.
Proper cleaning helps prevent eye irritation
Just like any part of your body, if you aren’t cleaning your eyelash extensions regularly then bacteria or dirt can build up causing irritation or inflammation. When you go a long period of time without cleaning your lashes you could end up getting Blepharitis which is a common problem when it comes to good eyelid health and hygiene. This is caused when dead skin cells are not properly washed away and build up on the eyelid causing irritation and inflammation. Your eyelids might become red, swollen, or itchy. The more you rub or itch your eyelids the more likely it is that your eyelash extensions will begin come off.
Don’t let oils from face lotions and makeup build up
A second reason why you might feel irritation is if you have oily skin, or also if you've been using makeup or moisturizer that has some amount of oil in it. Some of this oil will wind up on your eyelash extensions and if you're not cleaning them regularly, the oil builds up and will slowly eating away at the eyelash adhesive. All eyelash adhesives break down from oil. The less oily you allow your lash extensions to get, the more likely they are to last a lot longer.